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SDOT and Bridging the Gap Get “Back to Basics”

Nothing inspires more conversation around the city than our roads and their condition.  Getting back to basics is a priority for Mayor McGinn and SDOT. Two weeks ago the Transportation Action Agenda was unveiled and it lays out the transportation priories of the city. Getting back to basics is a big part of the agenda and what could more back to basics than repaving our streets. 

NE Ravenna Boulevard after grinding work

One major repaving project currently underway is the repaving of NE Ravenna Boulevard from E Green Lake Drive N to 15th Avenue NE. Scheduled for completion by this fall, the work on NE Ravenna Boulevard will create a new asphalt surface, new curb ramps, better sidewalks, a new curb bulb for accessing the Green Lake Trail and a buffered bike lane. This SDOT project will improve the traveling experience for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and will enhance safety for all users of the road.

In 2012, SDOT will rebuild 15 lane-miles of arterial street, building on the progress made in 2011. Last year SDOT reconstructed 24 lane-miles of road and this project is one of many funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in 2006. This year’s work will bring the total from the first six years of the Bridging the Gap program to 168 arterial lane-miles across the city. For more information on the NE Ravenna Boulevard paving project, visit SDOT’s project website.

Crews hard at work on the paving project

In addition to the NE Ravenna project, SDOT is also currently working on a major paving project in the Greenwood neighborhood. This project reconstructs N/NW 85th from 15th Avenue W to Interstate 5.  It is slated to wrap up in late fall 2012. For more information on the N/NW 85th paving project, visit its project website.

For more information on SDOT’s Transportation Action Agenda, click here.